Downham Market Academy pupils work to tackle poverty

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Teenagers devised ways to solve poverty in Nepal during an educational day.

Downham Academy pupils were the first in Norfolk to study for the CREST award, which are designed to develop skills in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Year 9 pupils worked with RAF engineers Glenn Cooper and Paul Cooler on the project which links engineering and team work to come up with a practical solution to tackle poverty in Nepal.

During the session with the RAF engineers youngsters were set a “squashed tomato” challenge to engineer a solution to solve the issues which farmers face in getting their produce from remote mountains to markets.

Faculty leader of science Louise Beasley said: “The pupils were assisted in designing and building their creative solutions by RAF engineers.

“​The activity allowed students to create real solutions to real problems as well as developing their team working and enterprising skills as they had to work to a very real Nepalese budget in order to buy their materials for the challenge.

“The CREST project was the first of its kind in Norfolk and is part of the excellent work being done by the academy to link with the outside scientific and engineering community.”

Year 7 pupils will be soon be working with by Mike Ford, an engineer with the Bloodhound SSC speed record breaking team.